Where I live, there just seems to be no good time to go to the grocery. I suppose maybe the middle of the night would be pretty good, but I am just not willing to go that far.
So pretty much any other normal time of day, one goes to the grocery at one?s own risk. Even before you get inside, you put your life in danger just trying to park the car. No one looks when backing out, no one cares that you had your blinker on, parking almost sideways so no one can park next to you is common.
If you manage to make it through the parking lot, it just gets worse inside. People drive their carts like they do their cars, abandoning them in the middle of the aisle. Knocking into other people and sneering instead of apologizing for smashing my feet while careening their carts around corners.
So, I try to avoid going to the grocery too many times in one week and at any sort of peak time, like Saturday morning. But, I decided I really really really wanted a certain brand of oatmeal, and I wanted it so badly I was willing to drive myself in the rain to the local menace of a grocery to get this oatmeal.
And it was bad, and I am pretty sure I almost died at least five times before making it to the check out. Since I had three items, I figured I would do self check out. I got behind a girl who had one thing ? a box of Epsom salt. I thought I hit the grocery jackpot. I thought it would be the fastest check out experience of my life.
And I thought wrong.
The girl in front of me was waiting for the bumbling man in front of her to finish packing up his groceries. So we watched him finish up his bumbling bagging approach and totter away. And, to our horror, the check out screen was flashing and asking for payment. Payment? What payment? Neither the girl nor I had scanned anything yet.
And then that?s when we realized bumbling man did not pay. And he just walked out.
So, I flagged down a grocery worker to explain our problem. That the bill for $57.60 was not for this girl?s box of Epsom salt. That that bumbling man bagged up this stuff and WALKED OUT!
Well, the grocery man was pretty mad, but he unblocked the system, so the girl and I could proceed. And as I dogged cars in the parking lot, I realized that now not only is the grocery pretty much the worst place on earth, people blatantly use the self check out to steal. Now, I do not know if he meant to steal, but whatever the case, some people should not be aloud to use self check out. Or come to the grocery at all. Ugh, maybe I should give up and have my stuff delivered.